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Edition No. 96

Date:- 26  April 2003

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A NEW project designed to investigate the sleep patterns of infants heralded by John Moores University in Liverpool to gain insight on the sleep behaviour of children is urging the help of interested parents and mums to be.

Helping to Understand Sleep Habits in Babies was set up last year with funding from a charity known as Sports Aiding Research for Kids in which the project is set to continue through until early 2004.

The aim of HUSH babies’ research project led by Senior Lecturer at John Moores University Yvonne Harrison is to examine why infants find sleep to be less of a problem than others do. A highlight of the research notes that many infants take many years to sleep through the night, yet sleeping patterns during the day seem an easier way of facilitating sleep for such infants. 

The unusual methods of monitoring periods of waking, crying, sleeping and eating with the measurement of how much light the child gets, along with monitoring the important sleep patterns of sleep with an ankle monitor – the size of a small watch, is hoped to resolve many questions of the research for adult behaviour for poor sleep.

A relationship between the amount of light that a baby gets during the day and the behaviour of the child during the day may yet prove to provide vital answers for adult ailments concerning jetlag and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

If you are interested in finding out more and would like a fact sheet with full details please contact Yvonne Harrison, School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Henry Cotton Campus, Liverpool, L3 2ET. Telephone: 0151 231 4348, Email:- or (from 28th April 2003 onwards) visit our website  


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By Sally Devine
SOME Southport fans turned out in fancy dress in what their hope was to be an early celebration of a team saved from the quagmire of relegation. However, this was not to be as the fear of the drop saw two team managers losing many a nail over this tie last Saturday.

Hope was in the air for many of Southport’s fans saw much of the possession of the first half despite missing some of the team due to injury. In which ironically some forty players have been used in the beleaguered team have been used this season.

A near miss from Pickford going close to the post should have seen an early lead for the away team. However, the Northwich side took the initiative after nine minutes after Mark Devlin crossed from the right deep in the Sand grounders half to Jonny Allen at the edge of the box to shoot a low shot into the net – giving them an early lead.

Although possession appeared as much a part of Southport’s battle-plan for control of the game and the formula for an important win. Pressure is something they have yet to learn to resist and cope with for the following season.

Indeed thirty minutes later Northwich gave their hosts something to think about after thirty minutes with Steve Garvey firing a thunderous shot over the crossbar. It would seem this was an incentive for the home team to bury the game, as the smell of victory was evident. An inevitable opportunity came as Royle crossed from the right seconds later, giving a gift of volley a sweetly struck shot by Garvey into the back of the disheartened Southport goalkeepers net.

Again, Southport’s misery was even more consolidated as injury to Lee Mulvaney forced the manager into two tactical replacements as the stricken player went off in the second half.

The sands of time were rapidly running out for the Sandgrounders as they tried in vain to gain something from the match. Frustration from the home side forced an error giving the away team a free kick on the nineteth minute. Perhaps this was too little too late but there was no hesitation from Dean Howell to fire home a crisp shot into the back of the home sides net.

Southport’s lack of urgency and injury problems will be much of a talking point among fans as the season draws to a close - And will give much for the new manager to philosophise about after leaving the vital part of the game too late to make a difference for their plight.

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